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* [[EasyPBI2|EasyPBI]] has been revamped, making it even easier to create complex PBIs.
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* It is now possible to easily [[Convert a FreeBSD System to PC-BSD®]].
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* The system has changed from the traditional ports system to [[Using pkgng|pkgng]] and all of the PC-BSD® utilities that deal with installing or updating software now use pkgng. This means that you can now safely install non-PBI software from the command line and that a system upgrade will no longer delete non-PBI software.
 
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* The pkgng repository used by the software installed with the operating system is updated on or about the 5th and 20th of each month and a new freebsd-update patch is released on the 1st of each month.
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* The PC-BSD® utilities that deal with installing software or updates now use [http://aria2.sourceforge.net/ aria2] which greatly increases download speed over slow links. aria2 achieves this by downloading a file from multiple sources over multiple protocols in order to utilize the maximum download bandwidth. The '''pc-pkg''' command has been added as a wrapper script to '''pkg'''. Use '''pc-pkg''' if you wish to increase your download speed when installing or upgrading pkgng packages.
 
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* PC-BSD® now uses a Content Delivery Network (CDN) service for its network backbone. This means that users no longer have to pick a mirror close to their geographical location in order to get decent download speeds when downloading PC-BSD, updates, or software. It will also prevent failed updates because the selected mirror is out of date or offline.
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* GRUB is now used to provide the graphical boot menu. It provides support for [[Multiple Boot Environments]], meaning that if you use '''beadm''' to create a BE, it is automatically added to the boot menu. GRUB also supports other features such as serial consoles, GPT booting, UEFI, graphics, and faster loading of kernel modules. During installation, most other existing operating systems will automatically be added to the boot menu.
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Latest revision as of 15:44, 23 July 2013

(Sorry for the inconvenience)

The following features have been added since PC-BSD® 9.1 was released on December 18, 2012. Users who wish to test or take advantage of these features can either install or upgrade to a rolling release. Once the upcoming 9.2 release cycle begins, these features will be incorporated into that version of PC-BSD®.

Here is a list of the new features:

  • Based on 9-STABLE, which provides the latest drivers and software versions.
  • PC-BSD® is now only available on 64-bit systems and installations are ZFS only.
  • The system has changed from the traditional ports system to pkgng and all of the PC-BSD® utilities that deal with installing or updating software now use pkgng. This means that you can now safely install non-PBI software from the command line and that a system upgrade will no longer delete non-PBI software.
  • The pkgng repository used by the software installed with the operating system is updated on or about the 5th and 20th of each month and a new freebsd-update patch is released on the 1st of each month.
  • The PC-BSD® utilities that deal with installing software or updates now use aria2 which greatly increases download speed over slow links. aria2 achieves this by downloading a file from multiple sources over multiple protocols in order to utilize the maximum download bandwidth. The pc-pkg command has been added as a wrapper script to pkg. Use pc-pkg if you wish to increase your download speed when installing or upgrading pkgng packages.
  • PC-BSD® now uses a Content Delivery Network (CDN) service for its network backbone. This means that users no longer have to pick a mirror close to their geographical location in order to get decent download speeds when downloading PC-BSD, updates, or software. It will also prevent failed updates because the selected mirror is out of date or offline.
  • GRUB is now used to provide the graphical boot menu. It provides support for Multiple Boot Environments, meaning that if you use beadm to create a BE, it is automatically added to the boot menu. GRUB also supports other features such as serial consoles, GPT booting, UEFI, graphics, and faster loading of kernel modules. During installation, most other existing operating systems will automatically be added to the boot menu.
  • The initial installation screen now provides an option to load a saved installation configuration file from a FAT-formatted USB stick.
  • The installation summary screen now provides an option to save this installation configuration to a FAT-formatted USB stick so that it can be re-used at a later time.
  • When administrative access is needed, the user will be prompted for their own password. This means that users do not have to know the root password. Any user which is a member of the wheel group will have the ability to gain administrative access. By default, the only user in this group is the user account that you create during post-installation configuration. If additional users need this ability, use the Groups tab of User Manager to add them to the wheel group.
  • EasyPBI has been revamped as version 2, making it even easier to create complex PBIs.
  • The mirrors tab of System Manager has been removed as downloads are now provided through a CDN.
  • The system now uses /etc/rc.conf.pcbsd as the default, operating system version of the RC configuration file. Do not edit this file, but instead make any needed customizations to /etc/rc.conf. When the system is upgraded, changes to default system services will be placed in /etc/rc.conf.pcbsd and will not affect any settings and overrides which have been placed into /etc/rc.conf.
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